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Old 06-23-2014, 04:56 PM   #1
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Can u Copy Calibre to a external hard drive

I am trying to copy Calibre to an external hard drive. It only allows me to copy the short cuts which are of no help if I do not have original computer. Can someone please help with this
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I am trying to copy Calibre to an external hard drive. It only allows me to copy the short cuts which are of no help if I do not have original computer. Can someone please help with this
Please Clarify: Program or Library
(or both)

Calibre Portable is what you want (Windows Only) for Program.
Don't be confused by the Pendrive icon, it flies on a real HD

You can then Replace the default Library on the drive with your old one
(copy the entire contents of the original Library folder)
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:22 AM   #3
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The whole program. I know I can save to disc and then re- input all books into new calibre but that takes a long time as I have quite a few books in my library. the biggest problem is I am not computer smart. If anyone could give me step by step instructions in English layman terms I would so appreciate.
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Chuck Reid,
As written, your comments don't quite give us enough information to be of much help to you. Asked a direct question, your response is useless. Not trying to be rude here, just honest - even if it inflicts a bit of pain. So, please answer the following questions as accurately as possible.
  1. What operating system is on computer #1, where calibre was installed?
  2. What operating system is on computer #2, where you tried to connect the external HDD to?
  3. Why are you trying to copy calibre, instead of installing it separately on computer #2? (Calibre is donationware so there is no mandatory cost for any install(s), regardless of number performed.)
  4. Why are you moving the external HDD? Moving your ebook collection (called a Library) around with you is fine, but perhaps what you're trying to do is better handled in some other manner.
I think that is enough to start to understand what you're trying to do and try to get some instructions together for you. If not, I'll ask more questions.

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Chuck Reid,
As written, your comments don't quite give us enough information to be of much help to you. Asked a direct question, your response is useless. Not trying to be rude here, just honest - even if it inflicts a bit of pain. So, please answer the following questions as accurately as possible.
  1. What operating system is on computer #1, where calibre was installed?
  2. What operating system is on computer #2, where you tried to connect the external HDD to?
  3. Why are you trying to copy calibre, instead of installing it separately on computer #2? (Calibre is donationware so there is no mandatory cost for any install(s), regardless of number performed.)
  4. Why are you moving the external HDD? Moving your ebook collection (called a Library) around with you is fine, but perhaps what you're trying to do is better handled in some other manner.
I think that is enough to start to understand what you're trying to do and try to get some instructions together for you. If not, I'll ask more questions.
Perhaps it would be better to be a little clearer and a LOT simpler. New questions:

@Chuck Reid
  • Are you trying to transfer your info to a newly-bought computer?
  • Are you trying to use your calibre library on multiple computers that are currently in use?

If you are merely trying to transfer your info to a new computer, then just copy the Calibre Library folder to your external HDD. (Or use the Move library feature I explain later.)

If you have multiple computers you would like to use your calibre library on:

I am going to assume you are on Windows.

You need to download Calibre Portable and "install" it to your external HDD.

It uses a special launcher to make sure all your settings are stored on the external HDD instead of in %APPDATA% on your computer. Run the portable installer, point it at your external HDD and then copy your library to the external HDD. You can do this directly from calibre -- see screenshot #1 to manage libraries, and screenshot #2 to use the move library feature. Or you can do it through the File Browser.

The library MUST be moved to within the Calibre Portable folder, and preferably to the subfolder "Calibre Library".
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Perhaps it would be better to be a little clearer and a LOT simpler.
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